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Elderly citizens wait for their turn to get a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a centre in Lima this week. Photogrph: Getty

Suffering from a lack of access to vaccines, Latin America is experiencing another surge in coronavirus cases across a region already the hardest hit (...)

Ireland currently has close to 30%  first-dose coverage of all adults, but needs to get this up over 40%  to make the success made possible by vaccination stick.   Photograph: Getty Images

The faster-than-expected loosening of restrictions announced by the Government on Thursday contains dangers, none of them unmanageable. The decisions(...)

If – and it’s a big if – e-fuel production can be ramped up, using only renewable energy, then maybe there’s something in this. File photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty

For more than a decade, there has been a heavy weight resting on the consciences of all car enthusiasts. That is the knowledge that for every kilometr(...)

Groves of giant rhododendrons drip with Jack in the Beanstalk-sized blossoms at Kilmacurragh gardens in Wicklow.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Visiting any garden after the endless nothingness of lockdown number three feels strange. But visiting Kilmacurragh National Botanic Gardens in east W(...)

Almost exactly a year ago Ireland stood on the edge of the first great reopening in this pandemic. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

For the third time we stand on the threshold of reopening. Let’s get it right this time Once again, freedom beckons. The targets have been hit –(...)

A worker loads a refrigerated container of Chinese vaccine SinoVac in an Air France Boeing 787 bound for Bogotá, Colombia, at Roissy Airport, near Paris, on Sunday. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Chinese state media has rushed to defend its locally developed coronavirus vaccines, with a senior health official insisting that he was “misunderstoo(...)

A nurse administers a dose of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine, at a vaccination centre in Shanghai. Photograph: Bloomberg

China’s Centre for Disease Control is thinking about mixing vaccines and varying the sequence of doses to boost efficacy. It is the first time a gover(...)

Yonhy Lescano Ancieta, presidential candidate of the Popular Action party,  during a final campaign rally ahead of Sunday’s   election. Photograph: Angela Ponce/Bloomberg

Given Peru’s recent past it would be understandable if few people were willing to put their names forward for Sunday’s presidential election. The pre(...)

A health worker injects a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine at Casernes Hospital in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

AstraZeneca has reported a slightly lower efficacy rate for its Covid-19 vaccine after the results of an US clinical trial were criticised as outdated(...)

Mandatory quarantine: Dublin Airport Crowne Plaza is the first hotel being used under the scheme. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

We have a mandatory quarantine system in place now, don’t we? Yes. The booking system is now open, with the quarantine hotels themselves ope(...)

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